Submitted by Russell Williams
Madison County Emergency Management held their 2nd Preparedness Expo on Tuesday, May 20 at the Van H. Priest Auditorium. Citizens were treated to five experts in their fields.
First to take the stage was Madison County Emergency Management Director Tom Cisco, to welcome all the attendees and thank everybody for taking this step to emergency preparedness.
The first speaker was Bryan Koon, Director of Florida Division of Emergency Management. Koon stated that the state is prepared to help in the event of an emergency but it is the responsibility of the citizens of the state to help prepare themselves and for the most part the citizens are doing their part.
The second speaker to take the stage was Jeff Brewer, Tri-County Electric Engineering Director. He informed the guests about power restoration, generator safety and down power lines.
The third speaker was Jeff Evans, from Tallahassee’s National Weather Service. Evan’s discussed the weather predications for this year’s hurricane season starting on June 1.
“We are not out of the woods but being between two coasts, Gulf of Mexico 18 miles to the county line and the Atlantic Ocean being 120 miles, we could be in the middle of a strong storm someday,” said Evans.
The fourth speaker was Salvation Army Sgt. George Blevins. Sgt. Blevins showed a video of the 9-11 disaster and what the role of the Salvation Army was and is today. His message was about volunteerism and asked the citizens for their help to sign up to volunteer.
The last speaker was Butch Galbraith, from the Florida Forestry Service. He spoke of the importance of keeping debris away from your home and prevention of forest fires.
The attendees also enjoyed exhibits from Tri-County Electric, Florida Baptist Convention Disaster Relief, Duke Energy, National Weather Service, Florida Forestry Service, Ham Radio Operators, Madison Emergency Services, Madison County Sheriff Department, Madison County Emergency Management, National Flood Insurance and Florida Department and Salvation Army.